Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

March 5, 2014

Westlaw Journals Weekly RoundupThe Westlaw Journals blog brings you litigation headlines in over 30 substantive areas of law. Some highlights from the past week’s posts include an ex-Bank of America exec’s guilty plea to muni bond scheme, Ben & Jerry’s fights appeal over false-advertising suit, and Al Jazeera asks Del. Supreme Court to keep business documents confidential:

Former BofA exec faces 40 years, $1 million fine over muni bond scheme: Bank of America’s former managing director of municipal derivatives products has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and wire fraud charges for his hand in a municipal bond manipulation scheme. Phillip D. Murphy is the 17th person to have pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina or been convicted for their roles in the scheme, according to a Feb. 10 Justice Department release. (White-Collar Crime)

Ben & Jerry’s says judge correctly iced class in false-advertising suit: The Ben & Jerry’s ice cream company has told a federal appeals court that a lower court judge properly denied certification of a consumer class in a false-advertising suit because the plaintiff had no evidence damages could be determined for the class. In response to plaintiff Skye Astiana’s appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Ben & Jerry’s also says the appeals court should not rule on the certification denial yet, but should wait until the trial court has issued its final judgment, according to a Feb. 3 filing. (Class Action)

Delaware high court weighs news media’s right to know vs. cable contract privacy: Al Jazeera’s right to keep its confidential business details private outweighs the news media’s right to report on its breach-of-contract battle with AT&T over the telecom’s refusal to carry Al Jazeera America, the Qatar-based news outlet has argued before Delaware’s Supreme Court. In a reply brief filed Feb. 10, Al Jazeera asks the state high court to overturn a Chancery Court ruling ordering the news organization to file a mostly unredacted version of its sealed breach-of-contract complaint against AT&T. (Delaware Corporate)